Dylan Crane likes studying heredity.
"I like knowing about why things happen," says the Colorado Springs seventh-grader. "I like finding out why someone has blue eyes or green eyes. Or red hair."
Heredity, of course, can also speak to why someone might have cancer. And that's what Dylan's been thinking about most. So this weekend, he's hoping to make a difference by shaving his head of two years' worth of hair.
Over several weeks, Dylan has recruited long- and short-haired people for shaving, and organized a fundraiser that has generated just over $5,000. The two-day event, which he put together through the national St. Baldrick's Foundation, is a way for people to join in solidarity to fight childhood cancer.
To help, anyone can show up at McCabe's Tavern and shave his (or her) head, or donate money to help find cures for the disease. There'll be music and a karaoke contest to go with the mass-shearing.
His mother says Dylan "has a good heart." But he also has personal experience with cancer. His 6-year-old friend Megan is battling it for the second time. Also, a different Dylan Crane, from Tampa, Fla., died of cancer in 2005 at the age of 13. The two Dylans never knew each other, but their families who met on the Internet can't help but notice the boys' similarities.
"One person's life," Dylan notes, "makes all this work worthwhile."
St. Baldrick's events
McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St.
Friday, March 9, 8 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more, contact McCabe's Tavern at 633-3300 or Amberly Brown (Dylan's mom) at 216-2978.